Course Details

Course Start Date:
Spring 2025
1 Semester
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Science and Engineering
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Doctorate in Engineering - Qualifier Module.
Name: Apprenticeships Team
Email: Telephone: 061 202530

Brief Description

This module PP8001 aims to introduce students to the requirements of a Professional Doctorate (Engineering) - PDEng .  It is aimed at those who have an interest in starting doctoral level studies related to their professional practice.

During this module, students will prepare a Research Proposal Portfolio which they will submit and present to an Academic Board.  

To find out more about the Professional Doctorate (Engineering) visit the programme page.


  • 12 week module beginning in January 

Download Qualifer module brochure. 

When applying please enter the module code PP8001 on the relevant section of the application.

The module involves a reflective component exploring the following:

  • What is a doctorate?
  • How to develop a professional portfolio?
  • What is knowledge - academic and professional knowledge?
  • Philosophy of research. Professional development.
  • The Engineer as a Professional. Delivering a unique contribution to professional knowledge. 
  • Identification and assessment of on-going research within their profession; Engineering Ethics, Engineers in Society, Responsibility in Engineering.

Participants will be required to identify a problem that is significant to their industry or profession to propose an appropriate approach to solving this problem. This problem definition will form the basis of a submission to the Professional Doctorate in Engineering Academic Board.

  • Mid January - Qualifier Module Information day on campus 
  • End of Jan to Mid March
    • Various support contact points delivered online 
    • Library (how to use) session 
    • Academic Writing 
    • Q&A sessions with Course Director 
    • Q&A sessions with programme team.
  • Mid/End March - Research Proposal Submission 
  • End March/Early April - Research Proposal Presentation   

Note: as a preparatory programme for the PDEng, the same entry requirements apply


  • Candidates would typically hold a 2.1 honours degree in a relevant area and five years’ experience.

What to Include with your Application
Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.

  • Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
  • Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
  • A copy of your most recent CV.
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language requirements:
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    • English language competency certificate

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